Arc Review: The Prom

They just wanted to dance. They didn’t mean to start a revolution…

Emma knows better than anyone that Edgewater, Indiana, is not a great place to be gay. But she’s had enough of high school homophobia and really wants to take her girlfriend – the popular, closeted It Girl Alyssa- to prom. How big a deal could that really be?

But when their classmates find out, the backlash exceeds Emma’s worst nightmares.

Meanwhile, in Manhattan, Barry and Dee Dee are Broadway stars of yesteryear. When their new show bombs, they need some good publicity – fast. So when they happen to hear about Emma’s plight, they decide to step in and create a prom for everyone.

Suddenly, Edgewater is the centre of a national news story. As the drama queens of New York take over the sleepy town, chaos ensues and the glare of the spotlight is brighter than anyone could have guessed.

But all Emma and Alyssa want is to dance together. Is that too much to ask?

Title: The Prom
Author: Saundra Mitchell, Various Authors
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children’s UK
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+
Age Range: Young Adult
Trigger Warnings: Homophobia 
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Mini Review

I feel this was trending everywhere when the film adaption was released, so I won’t delve too much into what this is about. This story came out years ago, so I will just give a mini review.

I don’t know if any of you watched The Prom on Netflix, but I certainly did. And as much as I loved the star-filled cast, I wanted more focus on Emma and her story. Luckily, I was gifted a digital copy from the publisher to find out more! The book focuses entirely on the students with the adults in the background. Emma and Alyssa have the most chapters and that is exactly what I wanted from the film. I am not sure if the Broadway musical is the same format as the book, but I would love to see it if it is! I highly recommend for fans of the musical and/or film who want to know more about the relationship between Emma and Alyssa. I also recommend to all my sapphic readers!

Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Random House Children’s UK for the arc! This title was released September 12, 2019.


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11 thoughts on “Arc Review: The Prom

  1. i haven’t read the book, but only watched the film adaptation for this one!! i think it’s because i didn’t know there was a book, but now i know there is on, i’m really excited to read it!! i loved the movie, but definitely felt like i wanted to see more of emma’s and alyssa’s story – so i definitely agree with you on that one!! great review!! 💖💖

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